Japan

Muromachi period

Named for a part of Kyoto, this period produced some of Japan's most treasured art and architecture.

1392 - 1573

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<em>Bamboo in the Four Seasons</em>: painting and poetry in Japan
Bamboo in the Four Seasons: painting and poetry in Japan

Originally a sliding wall, these golden panels use bamboo, a Chinese motif, to illustrate a Japanese poetic trope.

Ryōanji (Peaceful Dragon Temple)
Ryōanji (Peaceful Dragon Temple)

This atmospheric space awakens the eye, heightens the senses, and prepares the path for enlightenment.

Muromachi to Momoyama period Negoro ware ewer
Muromachi to Momoyama period Negoro ware ewer

This delicate red vessel resembles patinated metal, but it’s made from wood that’s lacquered (coated with sap).

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